Monday, June 20, 2011

Perry Adds Anti-Groping Bill to Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry announced he had added legislation that would make it illegal for TSA agents to engage in “intrusive touching” at airports security checkpoints without probable cause to the list of items for the legislature to consider during the special session.

The measure had previously failed to pass in the Texas Senate after the Justice Department wrote a scathing memo against the bill that threatened legal action against the state and the bill became enmeshed in Senate politics.

There are questions about what affect the legislation might have since airport security is a federal matter.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who was accused of lobbying against the bill in May said he was “pleased” by Perry’s decision.

“I’m very pleased that Governor Perry agreed to add this legislation to his Special Session call,” Dewhurst said. “Addressing unreasonable and unlawful searches of innocent travelers by some TSA employees is an issue that affects all Texans who use air travel, and it should not wait until next Session.”

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1 comment:

Nick Jesch said...

This good to see, for several reasons. One, the People of the Republic of Texas need to see how THEIR OWN representatives vote on this issue. It will help come next election time. Second, while the current status is that the Federal Government have oversight of air travel "security", this is NOT one of the enumerated powers granted the Federal government. It remains with the states, or to the people. Third, other states are closely watching the progress of this legislation.. Michigan has just introduced simmilar legislation, blatantly mimicking that of Mr. Simpson's bill. I have read that at least two other states are considering such a move as well. If Texas holds the course, whether it passes or not, other states may well be encouraged to follow suit, nullifying and interposing on behalf of their own citizens against this unconstitutional tyranny perpetrated by the TSA's insanity. And fourth, I am VERY glad to see a politician in a position of significant power actually HEED and respond to the demands of their constituents. Too often, once elected to power, politicians regress to serving their OWN agenda and disregarding the expressed will of the very people they purport to serve in office.